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An overhead view of the Long Island fire in north Harrison Lake. The fire has spread to cover about 50 hectares, and fire crews have been fighting the blaze day and night. (Photo/B.C. Wildfire Service)

UPDATE: 5 wildfires remain in Harrison Hot Springs area

Hornet Creek No. 2, Talc Creek fires are out

An overhead view of the Long Island fire in north Harrison Lake. The fire has spread to cover about 50 hectares, and fire crews have been fighting the blaze day and night. (Photo/B.C. Wildfire Service)
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 Fire ripped through a vacant house in the 2600 block 208th St in Langley Sunday morning. (Shane MacKichan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
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 Fire ripped through a vacant house in the 2600 block 208th St in Langley Sunday morning. (Shane MacKichan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Six wildfires started in the Harrison area on Saturday, July 31. Five are still burning as of about 8 p.m. (Screenshot/BCWS)

70 lightning strikes in Harrison Hot Springs as firefighters battle six Saturday wildfires

Lightning sparked a number of fires around the north part of the lake

Six wildfires started in the Harrison area on Saturday, July 31. Five are still burning as of about 8 p.m. (Screenshot/BCWS)
Maternity cases are again being diverted from Peace Arch Hospital to Langley Memorial Hospital, this time for ‘about 10 day’ according to a Fraser Health announcement. (Unsplash photo)
Maternity cases are again being diverted from Peace Arch Hospital to Langley Memorial Hospital, this time for ‘about 10 day’ according to a Fraser Health announcement. (Unsplash photo)
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
(The Canadian Press photo)
(The Canadian Press photo)
A helicopter carrying a bucket flies past a property at Barnes Lake while battling the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Heat warning in effect for B.C. as firefighters battle wildfires in province

There are 60 evacuation orders affecting 3,120 properties, an increase of 62

A helicopter carrying a bucket flies past a property at Barnes Lake while battling the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A tree candles as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns behind the IG Machine & Fibers roofing granule plant, where rock is crushed and coloured and then shipped elsewhere to create roofing shingles, in Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Billions in losses, thousands could die if wildfire response unchanged: report

‘If you look at record-breaking seasons, we’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars on fire suppression’

A tree candles as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns behind the IG Machine & Fibers roofing granule plant, where rock is crushed and coloured and then shipped elsewhere to create roofing shingles, in Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The sky glows orange as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance above Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.

Severe wildfires could affect community watersheds, says forest service researcher

Water supply downstream is generally expected to be affected when about 20 per cent of a watershed is burned

The sky glows orange as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance above Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.
Gary Wong participates in a drum song at Kelowna’s City Park on June 4, 2021. The event honoured the lives of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains had recently been discovered in an unmarked grave on the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Gary Wong, the Chinese drummer at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society

In 2003, Wong began attending the men’s circle group at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society

Gary Wong participates in a drum song at Kelowna’s City Park on June 4, 2021. The event honoured the lives of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains had recently been discovered in an unmarked grave on the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Police on Friday (July 30, 2021) issued an update on the May 2016 Five Corners fire investigation. (Teresa Frederick photo)

PHOTOS: Arrests announced in devastating 2016 White Rock arson

Two males were arrested July 6, police say

Police on Friday (July 30, 2021) issued an update on the May 2016 Five Corners fire investigation. (Teresa Frederick photo)
Solomon Lee, principal of Katzie Elementary School in Surrey, holding a copy of Jaya’s Magic Wheelchair. Rogers donated copies of the book, which is written by the grandmother of 12-year-old Jaya who attends nearby Hazelgrove Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Rogers donates 700 copies of book based on Surrey student to local schools

Jaya’s Magic Wheelchair was written by the 12-year-old’s grandmother

Solomon Lee, principal of Katzie Elementary School in Surrey, holding a copy of Jaya’s Magic Wheelchair. Rogers donated copies of the book, which is written by the grandmother of 12-year-old Jaya who attends nearby Hazelgrove Elementary. (Submitted photo)
Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Surrey reports small increase in weekly COVID-19 cases

Surpassed only by Vancouver in the Lower Mainland

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
File photo Lauren Collins

Surrey violent crime down 10% in first half of 2021 compared to same period last year

That’s 3,563 files compared to 3,939, according to latest Surrey RCMP stats

File photo Lauren Collins
Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)

B.C. offers $1,200 to wildfire evacuees out more than 10 days

Red Cross program distributes aid for Lytton residents, others

Wildfire in Lytton, B.C., seen on June 30, 2021. (@guyatsfu/Twitter)
Surrey RCMP had part of Kiyo Park, at 91st Avenue and 140th Street, blocked off Friday afternoon following an early morning stabbing. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey RCMP had part of Kiyo Park, at 91st Avenue and 140th Street, blocked off Friday afternoon following an early morning stabbing. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
(Delta Police Department photo)

Crime severity in Delta last year down from 2019

Delta’s 2020 Crime Severity Index rate was down 12 per cent; well below provincial, national averages

(Delta Police Department photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. sees 243 COVID-19 cases Friday as infections keep rising

Interior, Fraser Health seeing faster spread of virus

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
Some of the 46 officers – excluding those who have or will do covert police work – were sworn-in to the Surrey Police Service on July 16. (SPS photo)

Surrey taxpayers already on hook for $2.1M in wages before 46 SPS cops were sworn in

That was to June 30, SPS spokesman Ian MacDonald confirmed Tuesday

Some of the 46 officers – excluding those who have or will do covert police work – were sworn-in to the Surrey Police Service on July 16. (SPS photo)
Beach walkers on Sequim Bay on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

B.C. hospitals, ambulances gear up for weekend hot weather

Use blinds, fans, wet towels to keep cool indoors, experts say

Beach walkers on Sequim Bay on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)